Solid-State Recorders Enhance Scientific Data Collection
Prior to the IAE, most NASA satellites and missions logged data using magnetic tape recorders. In terms of data gathering and storage, these missions were limited to how much these devices could record and how fast. The recorders' mechanical systems also made them vulnerable to failure; backup recorders took up valuable onboard real estate and added to cost and launch weight. In 1983, National Reconnaissance Office pioneer Ray Anderson and son Scott founded SEAKR Engineering Inc., based in Centennial, Colorado. Ray Anderson had recognized that tape recorders represented a life-limiting spacecraft component, and SEAKR set about developing a replacement device that would lower cost while increasing reliability and capacity. The company turned to solid-state technology for a solution.